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When it comes to gardening, I’m a bit of a wuss. It takes a lot to get me into a garden and once I’ve planted a seed, I’m reluctant to water it unless it’s really, really dry. I prefer to just sit back and admire my beautiful plants while I wt for them to do the work.
But it’s my fault that my plants aren’t doing their job. Because the truth is, I let them get away with stuff. So instead of working my magic, I let them work their magic.
One of my plants is called impatiens. (No, it’s not the name of the show on TV with the lady from Queens.) It’s one of those plants that I really love but I also really hate.
My impatiens don’t flower. It’s been like that since I first planted them in January, when the temperature hovered at the freezing mark. This is what they look like for a good month.
Now it’s April and I’m at that stage where I want to start thinking about planting new plants for the coming season.
But I have a problem. I love my impatiens. But they don’t seem to be doing their job.
So, I thought I would take a closer look at what these lovely plants are up to and see if there was any way I could coax them into making a good-looking flower.
What’s the problem?
Impatiens plants don’t seem to be flowering at the moment, but it’s been like that for months now. It might even be a couple of years!
Impatiens can be grown in contners, in the ground, or as a hanging basket.
They are easy to grow. They like plenty of light and you can use them in flower beds or on balconies. They can also be grown indoors for the winter if you live in a part of the country where the temperature is too cold.
They don’t need a lot of water, but they do like some and you shouldn’t let them go too long between waterings. They can also tolerate some shade.
Impatiens are also one of those plants that don’t need to be fertilised, but if you want to feed them, go for some diluted seaweed fertilizer, such as E3.
You should also ensure your plants have the right nutrients as well. My plants have all been started in the grow bag and then put into individual contners as they were growing, so I’m not sure what their growing environment was like before they came into my care.
I suspect it was full of chemicals, as they were in the potting mix and then transferred to individual contners before planting out.
So, if you have similar plants to mine, make sure you check their nutrients.
You can also use seaweed or vegetable fertilisers. It’s best to feed your plants once a month at the very least.
I don’t use any special fertilisers or soil amendments, so that might be why my plants aren’t flower.
If you’re using vegetable fertilisers, you might be able to mix them up yourself. For example, I feed mine with a mixture of seaweed and compost.
If you use diluted seaweed fertiliser, you can mix up your own fertiliser.
Here’s a video I found online where a guy who makes composts explns how to mix up your own.
My Impatiens are on the move!
So I did some research and found out that impatiens are known to do the following:
grow best in rich, well-drned soil
require a sunny location, especially during the summer when they grow best in full sun
do well in pots and also outdoors if you are a bit of a wuss like me
flowers at different times of the year depending on the variety
my impatiens have been blooming for about 3 months now. They don’t seem to be flower or flower much at all, even if I move them to sunnier spots in the garden.
Maybe if I give them some help they’ll bloom more.
I decided to make them a bit of a flower feast.
To do that, I started off by removing all the flowers and stalks of the impatiens.
Now, impatiens plants have lots of leaves, so the flowers won’t always be at the top. You can remove them by cutting the whole plant down to the ground, except for the roots.
I was careful not to harm any of the roots.
If your plant is growing in a contner, you can remove the pot and leave the roots in the ground.
Then I used an old, rusty nl to poke holes around the circumference of the impatiens, starting from the top to the bottom and ending at the bottom, then I filled the hole with soil.
I repeated this process three times, then I planted some impatiens seeds, so that next year they have some new plants to take over my current impatiens.
I made sure to label my plants so I knew which one to cut back and which one I had planted, in case my impatiens plants were still growing and getting bigger than the other.
But I didn’t plant too many because I didn’t want to overwhelm my impatiens.
I also did this process to a small pot I had growing my impatiens.
I’m hoping next spring my impatiens will be back in bloom, and this year I’ll do it agn and get even more plants from my seeds